| Mar 21, 2015
| 4:15 PM
PEORIA — After Jordan Ash received his gold medal Saturday afternoon, he leaned over the rope that kept fans off the Carver Arena court during the postgame ceremony.
On the other end was Brandon Watkins, wearing a shirt that read "St. Joseph...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 5:40 PM
PEORIA — I have no idea where Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce was between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday.
I know where he wasn't — courtside at Peoria's Carver Arena watching Morgan Park senior Marcus LoVett Jr.
How do I know this?...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 10:13 AM
Oh baby, you're ready.
You've got your brackets filled out, your money laid down, you're taking Friday afternoon off work, and you're all set to watch NCAA basketball through Sunday night.
Note to the U.S. government: If you really want to solve the...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 3:02 PM
Several talented track athletes have graduated from Grant in recent years, and one of them just won an NCAA Division II national championship for the indoor season.
Sean Wells, a junior at Grand Valley State in Michigan, won the 60-meter hurdles in...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 5:18 PM
The home team is playing on the road. The host is without a coach.
This is life in the NIT, which pits third-seeded Illinois against sixth-seeded Alabama in a first-round game Tuesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Both teams are hoping to regroup after...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 8:54 PM
A giant tarp covers the State Farm Center as construction crews dismantle the interior of the arena in another step of a massive renovation project.
Illinois is hoping the wreckage from this basketball season is just part of a similar repair process...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:25 PM
Couldn't Scott Barnes have lied? C'mon, Mr. NCAA Selection Committee Chairman. Did you really have to admit that Wisconsin would have been a No. 1 seed regardless of how the Big Ten tournament played out?
OK, OK. We appreciate the honesty. And it's...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 10:43 AM
Was there ever a "Golden Age of Chicago Sports"? Many Chicagoans would cite the 1990s, when the legendary Michael Jordan-led Bulls won six NBA championships in eight years. Those Bulls were certainly Chicago's best ever, but it was hardly a golden age,...
| Mar 14, 2015
| 11:07 AM
Minutes after Illinois' NCAA postseason hopes had ended, guard Rayvonte Rice said what many basketball players whose seasons have yet to be defined say.
"We can't control what the committee decides," Rice said.
Many would beg to differ.
| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:10 PM
Many Virginia basketball faithful are unhappy — thank you, Twitter and email — with the NCAA tournament bracket unveiled Sunday. Two reasons.
One is rooted in conference rivalry — loathing seems too strong a word for Lent — the...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 5:58 PM
Seated in front of a computer that wasn't his, Al Vogler leaned forward, squinting at the grainy footage on the screen.
Gradually, his eyes brightened. His right hand rose from the table, throwing a thumbs-up.
"I know these guys!" he said, grinning...